Thursday, December 20, 2007

European Patent Cost to be Reduced

Good news to inventors who want to own a European patent. London agreement is set to cut post grant translation cost which usually takes up to 40% of the entire cost to own a European patent.

Previously, in other to enforce an European patent, the patent document needs to be translated into the national language of the countries concerned. Imagine paying for the cost of translation of patent documents for eight European languages. If the London Agreement is enforced in 2008, than the patent document in the official language of EPO, which is English, French or German is sufficient to have extensive protection in Europe. Patent holders will benefit from significant savings in translation cost. For more information, please refer Patent Information News Issue 4/2007 by EPO.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Origins of Ketchup and Kicap

Tomato sauce is popularly known as ketchup. According to Wikipedia:

"Originally this sauce was made out of pickled fish. It originated in Eastern Asia; the word ketchup is used in Chinese, Malay and Indonesian (e.g., kecap manis - traditional spelling 'kitjap manis'). English and Dutch sailors brought the Asian ketchup to Europe, where many flavourings, such as mushrooms, anchovies and nuts, were added to the basic fish sauce."

Ketchup does not necessary means tomato sauce. Ketchup may refer to a general term for sauce. Sauce in Malay is called 'kicap'. It is typically made of mushrooms or fish brine with herbs and spices. Mushroom ketchup is still available in some countries. Now the term 'kicap' is mainly used for thin sauce.

Ketchup is a Cantonese term where 'ke' means tomato and 'tchup' means sauce. It was reported that Kuala Lumpur was once the main hub for manufacturing ketchup. The factories were located at Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown.

Top 10 Greatest Invention Ever

Found the following article on the Top 10 Greatest Invention by Softpedia. I had a laugh learning about the inventions, especially the one that made the number one spot. Guess what is it?